Big Ten Football Preview: Week 12




Nov. 17, 2010

 


(6-4, 3-3 Big Ten)

Penn State vs. Indiana
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 • Noon ET • Landover, Md. • FedEx Field (91,704)
Big Ten Network • Announcers: Tom Hart, Anthony Herron, Lisa Byington
Series: Penn State leads, 13-0 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009: Penn State 31, Indiana 20


(4-6, 0-6 Big Ten)

After a forgettable road loss to Wisconsin last week, Indiana packs its bags once again to play its “home game” against Penn State at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.  Saturday’s contest, made possible through an agreement with IU, Penn State, the Washington Redskins and FedEx Field, marks the first time the Hoosiers will play in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area since a 1935 meeting with the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  Simply put, Indiana has never defeated Penn State. The Nittany Lions have won all 13 meetings, including seven in Happy Valley, five in Bloomington and one at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. But five of the 13 matchups and two of the last four contests have been decided by seven points or less. PSU earned a 31-20 victory at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 14, 2009.

Penn State enters off a loss at No. 8 Ohio State last weekend following a three-game Big Ten win streak that earned the Nittany Lions bowl eligibility.  The PSU offense is averaging 23.2 points, 145.9 rushing yards, 213.8 passing yards and 359.7 total yards per game – all averages that are found in the lower half of the Big Ten rankings.  After starting true freshman Rob Bolden in the first games, the Nittany Lions have seem to find some comfort with walk-on quarterback Matt McGloin.  Following two impressive and efficient performances against Michigan and Northwestern, McGloin was 13-of-18 for 141 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half against the Buckeyes.  But McGloin struggled in the second half as the Buckeyes “D” tightened up.  He was just 2-of-12 for 18 yards and two picks following intermission.  However, over the past three games McGloin is 50-of-87 (57.5) for 634 yards, with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Evan Royster, the school's all-time leading rusher, is averaging 78.3 yards per game, which is eighth in the Big Ten. The fifth-year senior has 783 yards, a 5.0 average per carry and four scores.  Junior Derek Moye leads the team with 37 receptions, 651 yards, five TDs and a 17.6 per-catch average, while fifth-year senior Brett Brackett has 30 grabs, 408 yards, four scores and a 13.6 average.  Indiana’s defense took a major hit last week, both in statistical rankings and reputation.  The bruised Hoosiers, who played without defensive leader Tyler Replogle, allowed the Badgers to score on all 12 of their possessions en route to posting 83 points and ending the game just two markers shy of 600 total yards on the day.  IU’s defense is ninth in the conference in passing (228.3), 10th in rushing (183.3), total yards (411.6) and scoring (33.6). Replogle is 10th in the league with 7.8 stops per game, while linebacker Jeff Thomas is 17th with 6.7 tackles each time out.  Darius Johnson is fifth in the conference with 4.5 sacks on the year.

On offense, Indiana ranks first in the conference in passing (287.4), seventh in scoring (26.8) and total yards (391.5), and 11th in rushing (104.1).  The Hoosiers’ offense hit a snag last week in Madison when quarterback Ben Chappell left the game in the second quarter with a nagging hip injury and did not return.  Following his exit, the Hoosiers fell apart, mustering just 316 total yards on the day.  The lone bright spot for IU was the running game, which ranks near the bottom in the country.  IU entered the game rushing for just 97 yards per outing and was facing a stout Badger defense that prides itself against the rush.  Despite losing freshman Antonio Banks for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the Hoosiers posted 167 yards on the ground, led by Nick Turner.  The redshirt freshman finished with 103 yards on 11 carries, a career best, including a 67-yard run in the first quarter which marked the team’s longest scamper of the season.  Chappell and his conference-best average of 273.0 passing yards per game are expected back Saturday.  He’ll be greeted by wideouts Demarlo Belcher (6.80), Tandon Doss (5.33), and Terrance Turner (4.90), who rank first, third and fifth, respectively, in the conference in receptions per game.  Penn State is allowing 21.9 points, 172.2 rushing yards, 184.5 passing yards and 356.7 total yards per outing. The Nittany Lions have 14 sacks, eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries on the year.  Linebacker Chris Colasanti leads the way with 90 tackles and seven tackles for loss. The senior is third in the Big Ten averaging 9.0 tackles per game. Junior defensive tackle Devon Still has a team-high four sacks with 6.5 tackles for loss, while sophomore defensive end Pete Massaro has three sacks, 6.5 TFLs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Michael Mauti is second on the club with 61 tackles and owns two sacks and five tackles for loss.

 


 


(9-1, 5-1 Big Ten)

No. 7 Wisconsin at Michigan
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 • Noon ET • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Michigan Stadium (109,901)
ESPN • Announcers: Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman, Jeannine Edwards  
Series: Michigan leads, 49-13-1 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009: Wisconsin 45, Michigan 24


(7-3, 3-3 Big Ten)

Let’s see, how does that song go again???  “Anything you can do, I can do better…”  Those lyrics are fitting for this week’s matchup between two teams who as of late just love to put points on the board.  One week after Michigan scored 67 points in a triple-overtime win over Illinois, Wisconsin dominated Indiana last week for an 83-20 victory.  Earlier this year, Sept. 25 to be exact, both teams kept the scoreboard busy.  The Wolverines disposed of Bowling Green 65-21, while the Badgers ousted Austin Peay, 70-3.  This will be the 64th meeting between the two teams with Michigan leading the series 49-13-1.  The Wolverines hold a 27-6-0 record in Ann Arbor and have not lost to the Badgers in Michigan Stadium since 1994 – a span of five straight wins.  Just the fact the game is being played in Ann Arbor is good news for Michigan.  The home team has won each of the last six meetings in the series.  Wisconsin is looking for a more “rosy’ outcome this time around and hopes that home-field advantage does not become a thorn in the Badgers’ future bowl plans.

This is a matchup of the top two ground games in the Big Ten. Both teams are ranked among the top 12 in the country in rushing and are two of just nine teams in the country with more than 30 rushing TDs this season.  Wisconsin is second in the conference behind Michigan with 228.2 rushing yards per game.  In its last three contests against U-M, the Badgers have averaged 206.3 yards rushing per outing.  John Clay, who sat out last week in UW’s rout of the Hoosiers, is third in the league with 103.2 yards on the ground each time out.  In two games against the Wolverines, Clay has rushed 29 times for 203 yards (7.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.  The Wolverines will also need to contend with current Big Ten Freshman of the Week James White, who broke loose for 144 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns last week. He now has 714 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the season, and ranks fourth nationally among all freshman in total rushing yards.  White also leads all Big Ten running backs with an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Montee Ball added to Wisconsin’s 229 rushing yards last year against Michigan, scampering for 62 yards in the win.  In that game, quarterback Scott Tolzien was extremely efficient.  He finished the game 16-of-24 passing for 240 yards and four TDs with a season-best pass efficiency rating of 197.3.  He also ran for a score, giving him a school-record tying total of five touchdowns in the game.  Michigan gave up 16 points to Purdue last week which marked the fewest points allowed since the Wolverines allowed 10 points in their season-opening win against Connecticut.  While Purdue has struggled offensively, the 16 points allowed were somewhat refreshing to a defensive unit that is ninth in the conference in scoring defense (32.1).  In that win, James Rogers set a career high with two interceptions, while Cameron Gordon collected two fumble recoveries, including a 58-yard return for a touchdown.  U-M has forced five turnovers in the last two games and has an interception in five of the last nine contests.  In addition, the Wolverines have collected 15 sacks on the season, including 13 in the past seven outings. Three Michigan defenders rank among the conference’s top 20 in tackles per game, including No. 1 James Mouton (9.9), No. 5 Jordan Kovacs (8.3) and Gordon (6.3) at No. 20.    

Much has been made about the solid backfield of Wisconsin, but perhaps no rushing effort has been more impressive this season than Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who is averaging 6.9 yards per rush.  Robinson enters the weekend needing just 78 yards on the ground to set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback.  He is second nationally in total offense (340.7), lists third in rushing (141.7) and is 14th in pass efficiency (157.6 rating).  Robinson has guided the Wolverines to solid offensive averages this year, including 266.3 rushing yards and 521.8 total yards, which lead the Big Ten.  U-M is also third in passing (255.5) and scoring (37.7).  Roy Roundtree is third in the league in receiving yards (72.5) and fourth in catches per game (5.10).  Junior Hemingway also rates among the conference’s top yardage makers, rating fifth at 67.6 yards per contest.  Wisconsin is hoping for a repeat performance on the defensive side of the ball as it held Michigan to just 71 yards on the ground and 194 passing yards last year.  The Badgers’ defense will have a true test against Robinson and the run Saturday as UW has allowed four 100-yard rushers in the last two seasons and just four rushing TDs this season, which is second-fewest in the country.  Wisconsin is 21st in the country and third in the Big Ten in total defense, having allowed just 315.6 yards per game.  Last week against Indiana, J.J. Watt recovered two fumbles and added two quarterback hurries and a pair of tackles for loss.  His 18.0 TFLs on the season are fourth-best in the country. Junior Aaron Henry returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, marking the fifth turnover he has been a part of this year.


 


(4-6, 2-4 Big Ten)

Purdue at No. 12 Michigan State
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 • Noon ET • East Lansing, Mich. • Spartan Stadium (75,005)
Big Ten Network • Announcers: Eric Collins, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson 
Series: Michigan State leads, 31-28-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009: MSU 40, Purdue 37


(9-1, 5-1 Big Ten)

For Michigan State and Purdue, it has been a tale of two seasons.  The Boilermakers have been forced to find a new identity as injuries have plagued their offensive standouts all year.  For Michigan State, there has simply been very little disappointment.  At 9-1 overall and 5-1 in conference action, MSU remains focused on maintaining its momentum and this week can become just the third team in school history to reach the 10-win milestone (1965 and 1999).  Saturday’s game marks the 63rd meeting between Michigan State and Purdue. The Spartans lead the all-time series 31-28-3, including an 18-12 record in games played in East Lansing. The Boilermakers have won seven of the last 11 meetings, but Michigan State has captured the series’ last three games.  Five of the last seven contests in the series have been decided by 10 points or less.

Purdue enters the weekend ranked sixth in the conference in rushing (168.3), and 11th in passing (136.8), total yards (305.1) and scoring (17.4).  Still looking for answers, Purdue opted to go with junior Justin Siller under center last week.  Siller became the fourth Boilermaker to start at quarterback this season, marking the first time in school history Purdue has started four quarterbacks in one season.  Siller didn’t last long and Sean Robinson entered the game to go 12-of-23 for 78 yards and two interceptions.  In fact, the Boilermakers had three different quarterbacks under center within the first four minutes of the game.  Freshman Rob Henry came in to post 54 yards on 5-of-9 passing, while rushing the ball 12 times for 75 yards, which marked the fifth time this season he led the team on the ground.  Last year Michigan State had to rally from 11 points down to beat Purdue 40-37, but the Boilermakers managed to put up 524 yards against the Spartans and held the ball for 41 minutes.  This season MSU has been a top-half defense in the conference, ranking third in scoring (18.8) and against the rush (119.0), fourth in total yards (327.9), and fifth in passing (208.9).  Prior to its bye week last Saturday, Michigan State held Minnesota to just 76 yards on the ground, marking the fourth time MSU has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing this season.  The Spartans also allowed just 267 yards of offense, the second-lowest total for an MSU opponent this year.  In that game, Colin Neely recorded an eight-yard sack and had four tackles overall, tying him for the team lead with Greg Jones in tackles for loss (8.0). With 2.5 TFLs in the game, Jones improved his career total to 44.5, which ranks second all-time in school history.  MSU's defense has now recorded at least one takeaway in eight of the 10 games so far and has a total of 21 for the season.

The Michigan State offense is fourth in the conference in total yards (416.8), and fifth in scoring (31.3), rushing (176.2) and passing (240.0).  Junior quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is fifth in the league with 227.7 passing yards per game, has been exceptional in the closing quarters of the game this season. His 176.1 second-half passing efficiency rating ranks eighth among all NCAA FBS quarterbacks.  Over the 20 second-half quarters this year, he has connected on 71 percent (76-of-107) of his throws for 1,096 yards, eight TDs and three interceptions. The Spartans’ receiving corps features two career 1,000-yard receivers in senior Mark Dell and junior B.J. Cunningham, who have combined for 253 receptions, 3,697 yards and 20 career touchdowns.  On the ground, sophomore Edwin Baker leads the team in carries (151), rushing yards (979) and rushing touchdowns (11). His per-game average of 97.9 is fifth-best in the conference.  Baker is 21 rushing yards shy of recording the 20th 1,000-yard season in school history.  Last week against Michigan, Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan continued to state his case for the conference’s top defensive honor at season’s end.  The defensive end’s career high 10 solo tackles, five TFLs, four sacks and two forced fumbles – one of which he recovered – was enough to earn him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday. The senior now has 14 career forced fumbles, which is tied for the NCAA record and marks a new Big Ten record, shattering the previous mark of 13 set by Illinois’ Simeon Rice (1992-95) and Iowa’s Bob Sanders (2000-03).  Michigan entered the game ranking among the top 12 nationally with 38.9 points and 535.9 yards of total offense per game but was limited to 27 points and 395 yards of total offense by the Boilermaker defense. Purdue also forced five turnovers and was within four points, at 20-16, before the Wolverines scored a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.  On the year the Boilers are allowing 27.6 points, 136.8 passing yards, 148.7 rushing yards and 364.4 total yards per game. Purdue’s per-game averages of 8.1 TFLs and 3.1 sacks are tops in the conference and rank fourth and fifth nationally, respectively.  In addition to Kerrigan, the Boilers saw some impressive outings turned in by a couple of youngsters last week against the Wolverines.  Freshman Ricardo Allen's 94-yard interception return for a touchdown was the fourth-longest in school history, while sophomore Josh Johnson forced a pair of turnovers, grabbing his first career interception and stripping Denard Robinson on Michigan's opening drive for his second forced fumble of the season.


 


(5-5, 3-4 Big Ten)

Illinois vs. Northwestern
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Chicago, Ill. • Wrigley Field (39,800)
ESPNU • Announcers: Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Erin Andrews 
Series: Illinois leads, 52-46-5 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009: Northwestern 21, Illinois, 16


(7-3, 3-3 Big Ten)

Illinois will head to the "Friendly Confines" of Wrigley Field in Chicago this Saturday to face Northwestern in the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic. ESPN's College Gameday crew will be on hand as the Fighting Illini and Wildcats battle for the Land of Lincoln rivalry trophy in the historic venue that is hosting its first football game in 40 years.  The annual home of the Chicago Cubs will become the one-day home of a Northwestern team looking to build off the momentum it gained following an upset win over Iowa last week, while Illinois enters looking to rebound following a 38-34 upset loss to Minnesota.  Perhaps history will bode well for the Illini considering they already own a 29-0 shutout victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field.  That game was played on Oct. 27, 1923 in front of 32,000 fans, highlighted by a three-score day by a talented sophomore by the name of Harold “Red” Grange. Saturday's game will be the 104th meeting between Illinois and Northwestern with the Illini leading the series 52-46-5. The Wildcats topped Illinois 21-16 last season in Champaign, which marked their second-straight win in the series and sixth in the last seven games.

Despite the loss last week, Illinois managed to post 410 total yards against Minnesota, include 201 yards on the ground. Over the past four contests, the Illini have averaged 412.8 yards and 46.5 points per game – a pretty impressive stat when you consider they averaged 320 yards and 21.3 points over the first six matchups of the season.  Currently the Illini rank fourth in the conference in scoring (31.4) and rushing (207.1), eighth in total yards (367.1), and 10th in passing (160.0).  Illinois has achieved a lot of success this year in the red zone.  The Illini rate second in the nation in red zone scoring percentage, picking up points on 37 of their 39 trips (24 TD, 13 FG) inside the 20 this season for a 95 percent clip.  Two of Illinois’ prominent offensive standouts – junior running back Mikel Leshoure and redshirt-freshman QB Nathan Scheelhasse – had solid efforts last Saturday.  Leshoure, who rates second in the league with 104.1 rushing yards per game, recorded 141 yards against the Gophers to give him 1,041 yards for the season.  Leshoure has scored 14 TDs on the year, including 10 in the last three games.  Scheelhaase was 10-of-21 passing for 172 yards and two scores. In the last four contests, Scheelhaase is 53-for-87 for 701 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has 299 rushing yards during that span.  A.J. Jenkins was the Illini’s leading receiver last week with six catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.  Northwestern’s defense ranks sixth in the conference in scoring (21.4) and rushing (137.4), eighth in total yards (387.0), and 10th in passing (249.6).  The Wildcats are fifth in the Big Ten when defending in the red zone.  They have allowed points on the board 86.2 percent of the 29 trips this year, yielding 17 touchdowns and eight field goals.  Brian Peters, who ranks 12th in the conference in tackles per game (7.3), led the team last week with 10 tackles, his fifth career interception, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. LB Quentin Williams totaled four tackles in a row during the first quarter, which included a 7-yard quarterback sack. He finished with five tackles on the day.  Bryce McNaul (6.8) and Nate Williams (6.7) are 16th and 17th in the conference, respectively, in stops per contest.

Despite Northwestern assuring itself of a third successive winning season and a school-record third straight bowl berth with its 21-17 come-from-behind victory over Iowa last week, the Wildcats lost their leader who got them to this point for the season.  Quarterback Dan Persa, who earned Big Ten and National Player of the Week honors for his efforts, suffered a non-contact Achilles tendon tear just seconds after throwing the game-winning TD pass to Demetrius Fields and will miss the remainder of the season.  Persa found eight different receivers more than once in the game, led by Drake Dunsmore with eight catches for 65 yards – and effort that took him over 1,000 receiving yards for his career. Jeremy Ebert caught his team-leading eighth touchdown pass of the season and stands as NU's leading receiver with 54 catches for 849 yards.  On the ground, Mike Trumpy led the Wildcats in rushing for the fourth time this season with 51 yards and also added five receptions for 55 yards as well.  However, under center is where the concerns remain. Redshirt freshman Evan Watkins will make his first collegiate start at quarterback on Saturday. The Fighting Illini defense has forced 13 turnovers in the last four games and has converted those miscues into 62 points (8 TDs and 2 FGs).  On the other hand, the defense has also given up 105 points over the last two weeks.  Overall, Illinois is fifth in the conference in defending the rush (133.3), fifth in yards allowed (344.8), sixth against the pass (211.5), and seventh in scoring (23.9).  Junior linebacker Martez Wilson ranks second in the Big Ten and 28th nationally with 9.4 tackles per game, and is second on the team in TFLs (7.5) and third in sacks (2.0). He has led the Illini in tackles in six of the last eight games, including last week against Minnesota, when he tallied a career-high 15 stops.


 


(9-1, 5-1 Big Ten)

No. 9 Ohio State at No. 20 Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Iowa City, Iowa • Kinnick Stadium (70,585)
ABC • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich
Series: Ohio State leads, 45-14-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009: Ohio State 27, Iowa 24 (OT)


(7-3, 4-2 Big Ten)

Will Iowa be able to avenge a loss to Northwestern last week and get back in the thick of the conference race?  Can Ohio State put away the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium to remain in position for its sixth-straight Big Ten title?  Those questions will be answered Saturday in the 63rd meeting between the two teams. The Buckeyes hold a 45-14-3 advantage and have won the last three outings, including a 27-24 overtime victory a year ago in Columbus that earned them the conference crown. Ohio State holds a 16-6-2 advantage in games played at Iowa City, winning six of the last seven. Iowa's most recent win in the series was a 33-7 victory in Kinnick Stadium in 2004 – a victory that snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. OSU has won 11 of the last 12 games dating back to 1992.

The Ohio State offense enters the weekend ranked first in the conference in scoring (41.6), second in total yards (455.5), third in rushing (222.0), and sixth in passing (233.5).  In last week’s 38-14 win over Penn State in Columbus, the Buckeyes’ offense struggled to get going out of the gates.  OSU trailed 14-3 at halftime and used momentum from key defensive stops to finally fire in the second half.  Dan Herron recorded his second-straight 100-yard game with a career-best 190 yards on 21 carries, including a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter that extended his scoring streak to nine games. Currently Herron rates third-best in the conference with 105.3 rushing yards per contest.  Terrelle Pryor, who ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass efficiency (166.4), completed 8-of-13 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns and added 49 rushing yards on nine carries. He travels to Iowa City just 78 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his career. Dane Sanzenbacher leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with nine touchdown receptions. On the year he has 43 catches for 716 yards, an average of 16.7 yards per catch.  His counterpart DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games – the longest active streak in the Big Ten – and is averaging 15.4 yards per catch, sixth best in the league. Iowa ranks fourth nationally in rushing defense (86.8), fifth in turnover margin (+1.2), seventh in scoring defense (15.0), 16th in total defense (307.0) and 21st in pass efficiency defense (114.12).  The Hawkeyes have allowed just one 100-yard rusher in each of the last two seasons and have already seen Michigan QB Denard Robinson eclipse the mark this year.  To keep the streak alive, defensive end Adrian Clayborn will look to stop Herron and Brandon Saine.  Last year against the Buckeyes, Clayborn recorded 12 stops, including three tackles for loss and one QB sack.  In the loss to Northwestern last Saturday, freshman linebacker James Morris led Iowa with a career-best 13 tackles, while Micah Hyde added a career-best 12 tackles and Jeff Tarpinian had eight stops. Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter, who leads the team and is 13th in the conference with 7.2 tackles per game, notched his third career interception.  Teammates Brett Greenwood and Shaun Prater lead the league with a combined seven picks on the season.

Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (164.4), 35th in passing (252.7), 43rd in scoring (30.8), 46th in total offense (405.9) and 60th in rushing (153.2).  The offensive efficiency this year has been impressive as the Hawkeyes have been guilty of just seven turnovers (three lost fumbles, four interceptions), which ties Oregon State and Wisconsin as the fewest in the nation.  Senior Ricky Stanzi, who missed last season’s game against the Buckeyes with an injury, is tied with OSU’s Pryor for the Big Ten lead with 22 TD passes and ranks first in overall pass efficiency (167.2). He has passed for 2,482 yards and has a 66.4 completion percentage. Sophomore running back Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 22 attempts for 108 yards at Northwestern last week and is currently fourth in the Big Ten with 101.6 yards per game and 10 touchdowns.  In Columbus last season, Robinson returned after missing two games and led Iowa's ground game with 74 yards on 20 carries. Wideout Derrell Johnson-Koulianos also had a big game with 154 yards on three kickoff returns, which included a 99-yard score, and added three receptions for 71 yards.  He currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten in receiving yards (67.3) and ninth in catches per game (4.10).  Like Iowa, Ohio State fields a stingy defense that ranks first nationally in turnover margin (+1.40) with 26 forced turnovers in 2010.  Through 10 games, OSU ranks second nationally in total defense (238.0), fifth in rushing defense (86.9, just one-tenth of a yard behind Iowa’s league-leading average), sixth in pass defense (151.1) and fifth in scoring (13.6).  After letting Penn State put up 212 yards of offense in the first half last week, OSU tightened up to allow just 60 yards in the final 30 minutes, and just eight yards in the fourth quarter.  Devon Terrance recorded a 34-yard interception return, while teammate Travis Howard took his pick back 30 yards for a score.  Orhian Johnson had eight tackles to lead Ohio State's defense, while Jermaie Hines, Cameron Heyward and Ross Homan each had seven tackles.  Homan leads the team with 6.0 stops per outing.